Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by Barnstormer, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. stevielewis

    stevielewis Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the compliments. The flat rectangular panels near the "V" like shape F-15 landing gear parts on the top surface of the rollbar is from the 1/35 scale Tamiya 20mm Flakvierling gun. It's one of the floor panels turned upside down. And the piece in front of the sensor dome is from the 1/35 scale M2A2 Bradley. The part is on the TOW missile launcher optics. I just identified that part a couple of days ago. I hope that helps you out. As soon as I receive my M2A2 kit and get that part added to my Centaur build I will be posting a few new photos. Good luck!
    The part from the M2A2 Bradley is circled in red.
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  2. BadHaircut

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    Thanks for that, started looking up M2A2 kits today already. If it's not too much trouble I'd love to see some close photos of the "neck" joint. I'm interested in seeing how the roll bar joins to the saucer. I'm worried about cutting away the torpedo pod to join them.
     
  3. stevielewis

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    Unfortunately, cutting away a good portion of the top of the rollbar weapons pod will be required. I will post some photos of that area to show what I did to achieve the look required. Stay tuned. Also, you will have to cut away some of the rear main hull under the impulse engines to get everything to fit correctly.
     
  4. emojo5

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    Great thread. Love the work being done here. I may have a go at this ship. I've got one question, though. In the thread Steve mentions a 1/32 scale fighter "Those items are from the 1/32 scale F-15 E Strike Fighter" but doesn't mention which manufacturer. I went looking at kits on Ebay, and I thinks it might be the Revell version of the F-15 E in 1/32 scale. Can someone confirm. Thanks.

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  5. stevielewis

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    Thank you for bringing that to my attention, emojo5. I had forgotten that I looked that up and it is the Revell version of the 1/32 scale F-15 E Strike Eagle. Sorry for the omission. Here is a picture of the box cover for this kit...

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  6. stevielewis

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    I finally got the last piece of this build from the 1/35 scale M2A2 Bradley kit today. Here are some pics with it in place, as well as several showing how I cut down the rear of the primary hull under the impulse engines, and how the Reliant weapons pod was cut up. Also a pic of the bottom of the rollbar showing the F-15 main wheel halves in place. Click on the pics for a larger view.
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  7. Wes R

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    This makes me wish I'd kept all those old trek kits as i had a Reliant and an excelsior. That's some amazing detective work IDing the parts.
     
  8. stevielewis

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    Thank you Wes. It has taken 12 years to identify all these parts and "greeblies". I'm happy to have found them all. Next to do is to paint it and finally connect the two main parts. Stay tuned.
     
  9. iams001efni

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    Oh WOW! This is awesome!!! I guess I have some kits to buy haha. I did take one liberty and made the Klingon engine parts symmetrical with each other.

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  10. stevielewis

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    Your build looks great! If you still have the large scale Maquis model, you'll need a short sensor strip, like the ones on top of the main hull, to add in the recess in front of the Weapons pod/secondary hull. You will also need three Enterprise-B "Dekoids". After that you'll need the 1/32 scale F-15 Strike Eagle and the 1/35 scale Bradley. Those two kits will supply you with everything you need that's missing. Good luck.
     
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  11. Angelus Lupus

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    Looking good!
    This was probably the only Franken-fleet ship that actually looked like it was a proper Starfleet design
     
  12. stevielewis

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    I agree Angelus. Most of the other Franken-fleet ships look out of place in the Starfleet family of ships.
     
  13. stevielewis

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    Some new pics of the USS CENTAUR and USS STARGAZER.
     
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  14. stevielewis

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    Finally got the two main parts of my Centaur glued together. I also got a stand for it. Still have some work on that to do. Here are some pics of the ship on the stand.

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  15. Barnstormer

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    Looking great! Amazing detective work on the last donor kits - I just got in my F-15, one more to go and then I just need the overtime to wind down at work so I can work on it!
     
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  16. stevielewis

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    Thank you, Barnstormer. I do hope you can find some time in the near future to work on your model of the Centaur. I'm hoping for some warm, dry weather, to come this way so I can finally do some painting of my model. Looking forward to viewing your build!
     
  17. Barnstormer

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    I'll have some work to do removing the out-of-date/inaccurate parts cleanly, and I know I was still working on the seams of the rollbar-pod - I'll have to revisit that now that we have a better understanding of how that mounts to the saucer to make sure that it's still viable.
     
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  18. stevielewis

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    When it comes to mounting the saucer onto the rollbar/weapons pod, I did basically what Adam did with the original, I kept cutting away the back of the saucer under the impulse engines to fit the shape of the weapons pod, and cut down the sides of the weapons pod to fit the area under the impulse engines. The front of the weapons pod needs to be sanded flat until it is level with the top of the photon torpedo launchers. Should you do this, you will notice that the photon torpedos will launch right into the bottom of the saucer hull. That is how the filming model is set up. Adam told me that he made the second version of the Centaur so that the photon torpedos did not have that issue. So depending on how you want your build to look, plan ahead before doing the modifications to the saucer hull and weapons pod. I wanted my build to look like the filming model, so that is how I built mine.
     
  19. stevielewis

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    Since my last post I got some model putty and filled a few gaps that needed covering. The following photos show where I filled those gaps. One place, between the impulse engines, I used some scrap plastic to fill in where on the studio model they used putty. That is my one main deviation from how the original build was done.
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  20. stevielewis

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    Here are a few pics showing the top bottom and side view of my build. Need to get started on painting.

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  21. Barnstormer

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    Admirable! I did some work last weekend on removing the out-of-date/inaccurate parts, still mired in that stage.
     
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  22. stevielewis

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    You must have used a stronger solvent based glue than I did when adding parts. Most of the inaccurate parts on my build literally "popped off" using a standard modelling blade or a chisel blade. Good luck!
     
  23. 137th Gebirg

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    This is beautiful! One of the best and most accurate builds of the original "Buckner" configuration I've ever seen. Can't wait to see the final product.
     
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  24. stevielewis

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    Thank you very much, Gebirg. Believe it or not, I am building a second original "Buckner" Centaur. As accurate as the first build was, this second build is going to be even more accurate. I know it sounds weird to build another Centaur, but I do like the look of the ship. :D
     
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  25. 137th Gebirg

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    I feel ya on that. One of my favorite DS9 kit Ashe dresses designs too. Eventually I would like to make one exactly like this and I definitely plan on using this thread as a primary resource. I have some of the kits required. Just need an original AMT Reliant and an old K'Tinga, but I prefer to live vicariously through yours right now because it is very much dead-on to the original. :)

    Are you going to paint it in the high-saturation colors that the original was done or something a little more subdued?
     
  26. stevielewis

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    I'm going to see if I can find those high-saturation colors as well as the dark wash that appears to have been done to mute the colors some. If you need help with finding the kits used, let me know. I'll get you a list of them.
     
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  27. stevielewis

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    I now have two Buckner type Centaurs.
     
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  28. stevielewis

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    I like to call this pic, "The Fleet Is In". My fleet anyways.
     
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  29. stevielewis

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    Small update...did some painting on the greeblies to make them pretty much the same color. Used Model Masters Camouflage Grey FS 36622. After some minor gap filling, will be painting a full basecoat to bring this build up to speed before adding the colors seen on the studio build.
     
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  30. GoodSamaritan

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    This looks amazing.
     
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  31. stevielewis

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    Thank you. :)
     
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    Small update to my build...these were taken with flash. The grey paint and the white plastic seem to have blended enough in the flash that these pics kind of look good. I need to do some photo editing with contrasts and such so I can make the background less noticeable. Thanks for looking.
     
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  33. Barnstormer

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    That's a really admirable build.
     
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  34. stevielewis

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    Thank you my friend.
     
  35. stevielewis

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    I recently decided to change the nacelles on my original Centaur build. I had this set of nacelles built for another ship. On these nacelles I removed the molded detail that would be on the sides of the nacelles and replaced them with clear grills. I used the grills from the AMT/Ertl 1/1000 USS Excelsior kit:

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    This photo shows how I did the modification to the nacelles before assembling them.
     
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  36. stevielewis

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    New pic I took. I liked how the lighting lit this view of my Centaurs. Click on the picture for a larger view.
     
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  37. stevielewis

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    Finally started painting the original build I started back in 2005. Sorry for the quality of the photo as I took it with my phone. I need to get Copper paint for the parts and areas that are currently white or painted Gold. I thought I had some but it had dried out. I still need to get different shades of Light Blue for the "Aztec" paneling on the upper and lower Main Hull. The difference in the Blue tones is from the camera flash. I'll post some better photos taken with a better camera.
     
  38. stevielewis

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    036.jpg 037.jpg 038.jpg 039.jpg Still waiting on paints to arrive that I ordered. I went ahead and painted all the greeblies gold. I know I'll have to repaint them in copper. I haven't done any of the "Aztec"panels on the hull yet as I don't have the colors I need yet. I have to get some washes as well to give the overall colors the dark, gritty look they need. Thanks for looking.
     
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  39. stevielewis

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    My latest shot of painting: all the "greeblies" have been painted metallic Copper. I have received a few of the paints I ordered as well: Flat White, Ducks Egg Blue, Light Blue. The washes should arrive Wednesday next week so I'll be able to apply those soon. Thanks for looking.
     
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  40. AnubisGuard

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    I've always loved this ship design, and I'm glad to see somebody tackling it. You're doing a great job.
     
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  41. stevielewis

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    Thank you. Very much appreciated. :)
     
  42. stevielewis

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    As can be seen here, I've painted all the "greeblies" on the bottom metallic Copper. I've also started painting the "aztec" pattern on the main hull. I'm painting the pattern freehand just like it was done. I need to repaint the trench a lighter shade of blue or leave it white. Right now it's too dark a shade. Thanks for looking.
     
  43. stevielewis

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    I've done more painting of the "Aztec" paneling on the upper and lower main hull. I also painted over the blue in the trench with flat white. This is more like how the trench should look. I received the washes I ordered. These will be used for more of the paneling shades, as well as for making the overall look more gritty. Thanks for looking.
     
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  44. Lt Washburn

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    This is really great. Such a nice looking ship, especially for a kitbash.
     
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  45. stevielewis

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    Thank you. I'm just about finished with painting the "Aztec" panels on the main hull. Once the weather warms up enough to paint outdoors I'll be able to clear coat the entire model and begin the weathering with washes.
     
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  46. stevielewis

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    Wow! I can't believe it's been almost 9 months since I last posted. I finally got the model Clear coated back in August and just a few days ago added the "NCC-42043" decals to the top of the main hull. You will notice that my numbers have the red boarder and they are not as arched around the front of the shuttle bay. That's due to my using decals for the 1/1000 scale Excelsior model. I just need to come up with a way to add the "U.S.S. BUCKNER" ship name on top of the shuttle bay. Once that is done and dry I can seal the decals with a coat of Clear. Once dry I can Dull Coat the ship, add the weathering and finally seal all of that in more Dull Coat. Here are a few pics as the model looks today...

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    Thanks for looking. Sorry this has taken so long to finish up.
     
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  47. Section 31

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    Looks great, I like how faithful you've remained to the U.S.S. Buckner model. Will you be adding any washes or leave it is as it is?

    I've been watching this thread with interest for months. I'm guilty of starting threads on other forums then not (yet) completing the project, so I think you've beaten me with timescales.

    Inspired by this thread, I have my own Centaur under construction and it's at the white primer stage. I might be able to help with the decals as I've had go at some using the standard fonts though it sounds as though you want some without the red outline (Micrograma bold extended instead of Starfleet bold extended) and the ship name to be in Impact (or similar) instead of Micrograma.
     
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  48. stevielewis

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    Thank you for your comments. Yes, I will be adding washes to the model once I have the ship name added. The washes will make the look of the ship complete.

    This thread is one of the oldest that I have been a part of. I never thought it would take this long to complete.

    Looking at the photos of the ship that was used on DS9, it appears to me that the NCC number doesn't have the red outline. It would be nice to have decals like that but as I have it now, I will keep it until I find some without the red outline. As far as the ship name decal, I thought I could piece together letters from the decal sheets I have but this proved to be difficult to do. If you should make some I would pay for a couple sets.
     
  49. Section 31

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    Hi, I'm not looking to sell any decals but I could send either a Photoshop PSD file or Adobe Acrobat PDF, that you would need to print out on clear waterslide decal paper. There's a few brands on the market and you spray a fixative layer over the sheet once you've printed them to stop the ink from running in the water.

    I've already done the registry for the Centaur in standard Starfleet fonts and spacing (with the red outline), if you give me a few days, I could add the NCC number and USS Buckner to the sheet, in fonts and sizes to match Adam Buckner's original creation. It takes a bit of trial and error to get the sizes right and I print them on plain paper to test on the model.

    My build is complete, I'm just at the painting stage. I've not bought my decal paper yet, but I've done the decals in Photoshop, the spacing and individual letter spacing (kerning) went through a few iterations before they looked right.

    Let me know if you want me to add the Buckner ones.
     
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  50. stevielewis

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    Yes! Please do that! I should be able to do the printing on blank decal sheets, or I can have it done. Thank you. You have made my day! :)
     

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